Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/114474
Authors: 
Sabia, Joseph J.
Pitts, M. Melinda
Argys, Laura
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 2014-20
Abstract: 
Adams, Blackburn, and Cotti (ABC) found that increases in minimum wages were positively related to drunk driving-related traffic fatalities for those ages 16 to 20. The hypothesized mechanism for this relationship - increased alcohol consumption caused by minimum wage - induced income gains - remains empirically unexplored. Using data from two national behavioral surveys and an identification strategy identical to ABC, we find little evidence that an increase in the minimum wage leads to increases in alcohol consumption or drunk driving among teenagers. These results suggest a much smaller set of plausible causal channels to explain ABC's findings.
Subjects: 
minimum wage
teen drunk driving
alcohol consumption
JEL: 
J38
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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